…by Jonas E. Alexis
Rand Paul would like to put the Israeli regime on a diet because they have been getting really fat from US tax dollars. It has been reported that Paul “has placed a hold on the U.S.-Israel Security Assistance Authorization Act of 2018, which provides Israel with $38 billion in military aid over the next decade. This equals approximately $23,000 for every Jewish Israeli family of four. The bill number is ‘‘S. 2497”
The American Israel Public Affairs Committee, commonly known as AIPAC, obviously thought that Paul was following the anti-Israeli path. The committee responded by saying: “This bipartisan legislation authorizes full funding of security assistance to ensure Israel has the means to defend itself.”
The one of the central issues AIPAC never gets to answer is that Israel takes US tax dollars and uses them to destroy the Middle East. We already know how Israel has used its military prowess to wipe out the Palestinians. But do they use US tax dollars in other areas?
The answer is a resounding yes. Listen to this:
“Palestinians who rely on olive harvests for their livelihood have been terrorized by Israeli settlers since the beginning of the occupation in 1967. Settlers – often guarded or assisted by Israeli military – destroy trees and equipment, steal large quantities of olives, kill livestock, and attack Palestinian farmers.
“In the ongoing travesty of justice, some olive groves are only accessible to their Palestinian owners for a few days a year; swaths of farmland has been appropriated by Israel for settlement expansion or military use.”
The Israeli settlers have destroyed at least 800,000 olive trees since 1967. The Israeli NGO B’Tselem admitted: ““In just over two months, from the beginning of May to 7 July 2018, B’Tselem documented 10 instances in which settlers destroyed a total of more than 2,000 trees and grapevines and burned down a barley field and bales of hay.”
The organization continued to report that under the pretext of self-defense, Israel has been “using the land as its own: robbing land, exploiting the area’s natural resources for its own benefit and establishing permanent settlements.”
Here are other incontrovertible facts: “Between 500,000 and 600,000 Israelis live in Jewish-only settlements across occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank in violation of international law, with recent announcements of settlement expansion provoking condemnation from the international community.”
We are just scratching the surface here. The International Middle East Media Center has recently reported that “Israeli authorities decided, on Tuesday, to take over hundreds of dunams of Palestinian land belonging to the Catholic Church, in an area of the northern Jordan Valley. Mutaz Bisharat, a Palestinian official in charge of Jordan Valley’s Israeli settlements file at the Palestinian Authority (PA), told Ma’an News Agency that Israeli authorities issued a decision to seize 267 dunams (66 acres) of land belonging to the Catholic Church.”
Do you now see how Israel is spending US tax dollars? Do you now see that decent Americans need to revolt against this unconditional alliance with Israel? Do you now see why the international community needs to put pressure on Israel? Do you now see that, unless Israel follows the moral and political order, anti-Israeli reactions will continue to flourish throughout much of the world? And do you know see why people of reason should support Rand Paul’s recent move?
Jonas E. Alexis has degrees in mathematics and philosophy. He studied education at the graduate level. His main interests include U.S. foreign policy, the history of the Israel/Palestine conflict, and the history of ideas. He is the author of the new book, Kevin MacDonald’s Metaphysical Failure: A Philosophical, Historical, and Moral Critique of Evolutionary Psychology, Sociobiology, and Identity Politics. He teaches mathematics in South Korea.